Local talent to highlight Jazz/R&B Festival April 13-14


Cane River Soul is a funk/blues/soul group from Natchitoches. Drawing inspiration from anything from Motown to New Orleans artists, Cane River Soul lays down rhythms and grooves with a down home flare sure to satisfy any music lover.

The band got its name from the Cane River that flows through the heart of Natchitoches. Much like this part of the great state of Louisiana, their music is a cultural swirl, covering lots of ground and causing feet to tap, heads to nod and hearts to leap.

From left are Silas Dollar, Jarrett Bailey and Geoff Wilson

Jarrett Bailey was born and raised in Fairview Alpha and has been singing and playing music for 20 years in and around Natchitoches. He has shared the stage with many of his influences ranging from New Orleans artists such as John “Papa” Gros and Jon Cleary, to members of the famed TCB Band – James Burton and Estelle Brown – who accompanied Bailey’s most influential singer – Elvis Presley.

Silas Dollar center at left, is a Natchitoches native with over 25 years of playing music across the South, and is also a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Dollar has played in many prestigious bands in Louisiana and is known for his unique funky bass style.

Geoff Wilson is a graduate of NSU’s music program who has been playing drums for over 25 years and has also maintained positions in several well known acts around the state. Wilson currently teaches at Youree Drive Middle School in Shreveport. To him, investing in kids is just as important as laying down a solid groove – he does both well.